Three years ago, Piyotama came out on the PlayStation 3. A quirky little puzzler, Piyotoma had you staring at a screen filled with eggs and trying to match four of a kind. IGN liked it and said you should pick it up if you were in the mood for a puzzler. Now, Piyotama is on the PSP. It’s packing the same gameplay idea, online leaderboards and that “one more round before I turn it off” vibe, but for some reason its price tag has gone up by $2.
Match them eggs!If you need a bit more explanation of what Piyotama is, imagine a board filled with columns of eggs. You move a row tool up and down the columns and push three off-screen eggs into the fray. You can rearrange these eggs before you shoot them in, and your goal is to get the eggs you’re pushing in to make a four egg (or more) match. When you shoot them in from the left, you push three out on the right and vice versa.
Sound complicated? It’s not. You’re just out there matching eggs. Get a set of matches, and you have a set amount of time to get a few more. Doing so earns you a combo and more points. There are a few wild cards such as eggs that won’t allow you to touch a row until you’ve matched the stopper egg, but that’s the gist of Piyotama.
When I first started fooling around with the game, I thought it was a bit thin in terms of content. You get two modes (play for 300 seconds or play until the screen fills with eggs) and that’s it. There’s a leaderboard so you can see who has the most combos in the world and who scored the most points, but that’s it — and it’s $5 compared to the PS3’s $3 version.
However, after I played for a while, I got over the seemingly flat package and found a puzzle game that’s solid, challenging, and cute. There’s no story and no real tutorial for Piyotama, but there doesn’t need to be; you’re tossed into the game or you watch one of the three demo videos, and you get it. Match the colors, move the eggs, get awesome combos. It’s light and breezy, and that’s perfect for a system on the go.
Do I wish there were more modes or at least the same price tag as the PS3 version? Of course, but that doesn’t mean this 300-second dose of egging isn’t something you should pick up if you’re in the mood for a nifty little puzzler.
I like Piyotama. It’s not impressive in terms of depth or gameplay, but it’s fun and a solid time killer while you fiddle with your PSP. Trying to beat your best score or make more combos than you ever have before makes for a good time.